Capitals 4, Wild 1
Scoresheet - Wash Post - Wash Times
You don't know how long I wanted to use that title. The Caps get a little bit of energy after their general manager grabbed a grocery cart and did a little shopping. I guess it's do or die time for the second and third line guys with the new troops that are coming in. And Brooks Laich, what a break out game for him.
Laich had 4 points night, his career best by far with 2 goals and 2 helpers. Eric Fehr and Shaone Morrisonn added with their first goals of the year. Olie Kolzig must be feeling the heat with the oncoming competition in Cristabol Huet. It was one of his better performances, if it weren't for an unfortunate bounce Olie would have had a shut out against a very potent offense. Chris Bourque was called up to fill the Matt Pettinger hole for this game, and played pretty well.
While the win was big, the deals that happened earlier in the day was bigger. The Caps pull a number one goaltender, a smooth veteran, a tough as nails winger and a prospect. George McPhee just about told every one that they were "standing pat" but they were one of the busiest teams on draft deadline day.
Even with this big uplifting win, the Caps didn't move much in the standings as Carolina won their game tonight as well. Although not as decidedly as the Caps won against Minnesota. It's still 5 points out of playoff contention. The Caps get some reinforcements just in time.
For coverage on all the trades, have fun:
Washington Post, Washington Times, On Frozen Blog, Japer's Rink, Peerless Prognosticator.